2012 Conference

2012 Conference Wrap-Up


2012 Conference

PRESENTATION MATERIALS:                    

Slide Decks and Session Photos

Update & Museum Standards 
Assessment Presentation: (MTCS)

2012 Ignite Videos

2011 Ignite Video Re-launch!


Opening Reception
Diarmuid Nash - Opening Keynote Address
Mark O'Neill - Plenary Session
President's Reception and Awards Banquet
Awards of Excellence and CMS graduation
Study Tours
Colloquium on Learning in Museums X


Thank you to the following 2012 Conference Partners 
for their support of the OMA and Ontario's museum community:

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Canadian War Museum
Total Transportation Solutions Inc.
Cultural Asset Management Group
Carr McLean
Dannel Transportation
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
The Vinyl Den

Mystus Exhibits / Lord Cultural Resources

Thank you to the following organizations and wineries for their generous support of the Conference Opening Reception:


City of Niagara Falls Museums
- Cave Spring Cellars 
- Creekside Estate Winery
- Flat Rock Cellars
- Twenty Valley Tourism 
- Wine Country Ontario


2012 Speaker Biographies


2012 Conference


Curator, Elgin County Museum
Michael Baker is currently the Curator of the Elgin County Museum.  He has an Honours BA in History from the University of Western Ontario and received his Museums Studies Certificate in 2001.  Mike is the Vice-President of the Elgin County Historical Society and has published books on the history of London, Ontario.

As a member of the Elgin, Oxford Norfolk Museum Network, Mike helped to secure funding and co-ordinate the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt Trails that can now be found on Route 1812 in Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk, Middlesex and Brant Counties.  This Barn Quilt Trail is part of a community effort to commemorate the Bicentennial for the War of 1812.



Michael Baker



Curatorial Assistant, Collections, Hamilton Museums
Richard began his career with Parks Canada in 1993 and is a graduate of the Sir Sandford Fleming Museum Management and Curatorship program. He worked for Heritage Mississauga as a Historian and Program Coordinator before moving to King Township to become the curator of the King Township Museum. After pursuing his teaching degree he was hired by the City of Hamilton working as Historical Interpreter to Program Coordinator to Acting Curator to his current position of Curatorial Assistant in charge of collections.



Richard Barlas



Associate Professor, Brock University
Martha Barnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. Her research focuses on community recreation and inter-organizational relationships. Past research projects have included understanding the motivations of symphony donors, volunteer management, sport councils, recreation planning, and the impacts associated with urban recreation developments.




Martha Barnes



Manager of Museums, City of Niagara Falls Museums
Born in St. Catharines, Clark developed a great appreciation for Museums due to his many visits to cultural institutions with his grandfather and parents. Clark has a degree in History from Brock University and a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. His work at Leicester focused on cultural diversity in Museums. Clark has worked in various capacities at the St. Catharines Museum, Battlefield House Museum, Backus Heritage Village and the Niagara Historical Society Museum, currently he is the Manager of Museums for the City of Niagara Falls Museums. He has sat on the Steering Committee of the Children's Discovery Centre of Niagara, chaired Doors Open Niagara and the Museums of Niagara Association (MONA).



Clark Bernat



Partner-in-charge, +VG Architects
Peter Berton, Partner-in-Charge of +VG Architects, is a highly regarded museum architect with over 30 years experience. Early in his career, Berton worked on the competition entry for the National Gallery of Canada Competition. Since then, Berton has been involved in a wide range of museum projects, including the new Fort Henry Discovery Centre, located within Kingston’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a significant amount of National Historic Site of Canada museums. Berton is a proud member of the Canadian Museum Association and Ontario Museum Association.



Peter Berton



Heritage Information Analyst, Canadian Heritage Information Network
Ern Bieman is a Heritage Information Analyst for the Canadian Heritage Information Network, where he has researched and managed the production of content for the Professional Exchange website since 2007. Prior to this, he has worked in the private and education sectors as a Systems Engineer and Technical Specialist, and has worked in the not-for-profit and government sectors managing funding programs for IT-based R&D projects. Mr. Bieman holds a BSc in computer science, and master’s degrees in business and philosophy.



Ern Bieman



Director of Government and Foundation Relations, TIFF
As TIFF’s new Director of Government & Foundation Relations, David is responsible for maximizing the public and foundation sectors’ support of the organization’s year-round activities at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Ontario’s new “home for film”. Carey first joined TIFF in 2005 as an eager volunteer. He holds a M.A. in Communications & Culture from Ryerson and York Universities and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He has previously worked at Bravo!FACT, The Canadian Stage, UW, and OP Trust.



David Carey



Associate Director, London Children's Museum
Amanda Conlon is Associate Director at the London Children’s Museum. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Family Relations from Western University and a BEd in Childhood Education from Canisius College. Her work at the London Children’s Museum allows her the opportunity to apply research, theory and educational pedagogy into the lives and experiences of children through play.



Access Program Manager, Royal Ontario Museum
As the Access Program Manager at the ROM, of utmost importance to Johanna’s role is the ability to forge authentic connections with the broader community, remove barriers to participation and develop a sense of urgency towards inclusion.  Since joined the ROM in 2009, Johanna has been instrumental in positioning the ROM as a leader in providing accessible museum experiences for all visitors through its Accessibility Strategy, the use of innovative technologies, partnerships, tours, exhibitions, and ground-breaking programs.  Johanna holds a BFA from the University of Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogota, Colombia and a post-degree Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Western Ontario.  



 Johanna Contreras



Business Development Manager with AccessAbility Advantage
A business leader with 20 years experience from diverse industries, and a background of project management, AODA expertise, and personal experience with disability, Nicole is a dynamic public speaker, trainer and consultant with three years experience developing and delivering business education on AODA legislation requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Accessible Employment.

Recently awarded the position of Business Development Manager with AccessAbility Advantage, Nicole has been working with AccessAbility Advantage as an Accessibility Consultant since September 2011. Her passion includes helping businesses gain commercial advantage through becoming accessible to customers and employees with disabilities.



 Nicole Cormier



Visual Arts Teacher, Harbourfront Center School Visits
Anne Devitt lives, works and makes art in Toronto. She completed a B.F.A. at York University, a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto and attended the Banff Centre. Anne has participated in group and solo art exhibitions throughout Ontario. Her working life has been devoted to teaching the visual arts. Anne has taught in schools through the support of the Ontario Arts Council, at the ROM, Oakville Galleries and currently at Harbourfront Centre School Visits. 



Anne Devitt



Museum Technician, Wellington County Museum and Archives
Phil studied at the Ontario College of Art, and for over 25 years, has worked in several museums and art galleries such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, The Seagram Museum, and Royal Ontario Museum. As an independent contractor, he has also designed exhibits, lighting and three-dimensional elements as well as creating graphics for exhibitions and printed media.

Currently, he is Museum Technician with the Wellington County Museum and Archives, and in March 2012 he was course director for the OMA CMS course Exhibit Planning and Design.



Associate, Architect, Senior Designer, Reich + Petch Design International
Pauline Dolovich is a principal, architect and LEED GA at Reich + Petch in Toronto. As designer and project manager for some of R+P’s major projects, including the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the ROM, the visitor centre exhibits at Fort York and four galleries at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Pauline brings a depth of experience to share.  As Vice Chair of the Board, Pauline is also working to re-open the Children’s Own Museum in Toronto.



Pauline Dolovich



Museum Program Instructor/Youth Mentorship Lead, Markham Museum
Katie Epp is a program instructor and youth mentorship lead at Markham Museum. She holds a degree from York University in History and Geography; as well as a degree in Education from the University of Toronto. She is currently the lead for the CIC grant at Markham Museum organizing a youth mentor group going by the name of MY Community. Working with Montreal, Scarborough and Surrey Museum, she strives to create successful programming for Canadian youth.



Katie Epp



Managing Director, National Practice Leader, Consumer Practice
Lyne is a senior risk advisor and lead strategist for group insurance and risk management programs for franchises and associations. She consults clients on risk financing options, insurance market strategy, program development and business process outsourcing. She provides risk advisory services to help identify and manage risk for the lowest cost. She is regularly engaged to speak at events which are associated with the respective group programs. Lyne has her Chartered Insurance Professional and her Canadian Risk Management designations.



Lyne Erwin



Marketing & Community Relations Manager, Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum  
Kelly is a communications specialist in social media marketing and web 2.0 tools, with over 15 years of experience in the cultural sector. With a BFA (Hons) from Queen’s and further studies in heritage conservation at Carleton, Kelly is also a practicing visual artist. Some of her experience was gained from working with UNESCO at the World Heritage Committee Meeting, for an e-marketing firm, and at the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa on developing a regional heritage online portal. She now brings her expertise to the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum and is building a strong presence for the museum both in the community and internationally. She regularly speaks at colleges and universities on the subject of new media tools and non-profits. In her spare time, Kelly is an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Ottawa.



 Kelly Eyamie



Collections Manager, Canadian War Museum 
Eric Fernberg is a Collections Manager at the Canadian War Museum, responsible for the collection and preservation of Medals, Insignia and Arms. A graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Diploma, Applied Museum Studies, from Algonquin College, Eric has extensive expertise and experience having joined the Canadian War Museum in 1994. Eric was an integral part of the team that developed the permanent exhibitions for the new Canadian War Museum which opened to the public in May 2005. Eric has worked on a wide array of War Museum exhibitions including Camouflage, 1812 and the upcoming exhibition Peace, opening in the summer of 2013.



 Eric Fernberg



Education Coordinator, Textile Museum of Canada
In retrospect, it was inevitable that Susan Fohr would become a museum educator, growing up in Niagara and frequently visiting the region’s historic sites with her teacher parents.  Since completing a specialist in art history from the University of Toronto, Susan has worked at numerous museums across southern Ontario. An avid knitter, sewer and spinner, Susan has enjoyed sharing her passion for textiles as Education Programs Coordinator at the TMC for the past five years.



Susan Fohr



Head, Exhibits and Design, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Dave is Head of Creative at the Royal Ontario Museum, responsible for an in-house workgroup who design special exhibitions, communications graphics, multi-media and space alterations. 

Prior to the ROM, Dave worked for twenty years at Sears & Russell Architects, specialists in museum planning and design for clients throughout Canada and the USA. 

A licensed architect, Dave worked within the Renaissance ROM project team to advise on access and use requirements from the client’s perspective. Presently the main focus of Dave’s team at the ROM is the development of major exhibitions designed to engage and inform diverse audiences.



Provincial Regional Project Manager, Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance (WCA)
Adrienne Horne received her Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology writing a thesis on the "Pursuit of Popular Genealogy".  She also has education and experience in Project Management and Museum studies.  She studied and worked in Calgary for 20 years where she was the Project Manager for Exhibitions at the Glenbow Museum.  In her career as an Anthropologist, she has also worked and developed excellent relationships with Native Cultures from different areas in Canada and the United States. 
As the Regional Project Manager for the Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance, Adrienne coordinates the efforts of individuals and communities by promoting activities, visitor packages, regional events and provincial initiatives to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The WCA is made up of 13 regions and communities from Halton Hills to beyond London, along the Middlesex border.  The area also includes the counties along the north shore of Lake Erie including Haldimand, Norfolk and Elgin.  



Adrienne Horne



Assistant Historian, Canadian War Museum
Amber Lloydlangston (Ph.D., University of Ottawa, 2002) began work with the Canadian War Museum in 2004, assisting in the production of galleries 3 and 4, "Forged in Fire: The Second World War, 1931-1945" and "A Violent Peace: The Cold War, Peacekeeping, and Recent Conflicts, 1945 to the present," respectively. She is currently conducting research for an upcoming temporary exhibition, entitled "Peace: The Exhibition," which explores the history of Canadians' choices and actions for peace.



Amber Lloydlangston



Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources
Barry Lord is internationally known as one of the world’s leading museum planners. Dedicated, thorough and knowledgeable, Barry brings over 40 years of experience in the management and planning of museums, galleries and historic sites to the hundreds of projects he has directed.



Barry Lord



Senior Coordinator, Government & Foundation Relations
As part of TIFF’s Advancement team, Ben works to maximize public sector support for TIFF’s exhibitions programme, collections development and tourism-based initiatives. Prior to joining TIFF, Ben held positions with the City of Toronto, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Consulate General of Canada to Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. He holds a BA in Art History from McGill University and an MA/MBA in Art History and Arts & Media Management from York University.



Ben Macintosh



Youth Resource Lead, Scarborough Museum
Devon works at the Scarborough Museum as the Youth Resource Lead, a job that allows her to see local youth flourish. With an outside the box approach Devon views every encounter as a new opportunity. Over the past few years she has helped to grow the volunteer youth teams, and sees endless potential in the energy youth can bring to a museum. Raised and educated in Scarborough she sees this job as a way to give back on a grass roots level. In her few hours of free time she enjoys, playing video games, English Country Dancing and the odd hand of whist. Devon holds a B.A. from the University Of Toronto at Scarborough.



Devon Muhic



Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Diarmuid Nash joined Moriyama & Teshima in 1988 after working in Tokyo with Shimizu Corporation, Moriyama & Teshima's collaborator on the Canadian Embassy project. Diarmuid's projects include the expansion to historic Havergal College in Toronto, a project which required extensive consultation with the administration and staff, The Toronto French School and The New Canadian War Museum. Earlier projects include the design of the Ministry of Natural Resources Building in Peterborough, a customs facility at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.




Diarmuid Nash



Senior Interpretive Planner at the Canadian War Museum
A graduate of  Modern History from the University of Oxford and the Museum Management and Curatorship Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Glenn has held a variety of positions at museums in both the UK and Canada, including the City of Oxford Museum, England and the Peterborough Museum & Archives, Ontario. An employee of the Canadian War Museum since 2002, Glenn was part of the team that developed the permanent exhibitions, including the Pre-Confederation and First World War galleries, for the Museum’s new building which opened in 2005.  More recently he helped create the War Museum exhibitions and related products for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.



President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation 
Mark O’Neill was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) in June 2011. A museum professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of arts and culture, Mr. O’Neill joined the CMCC in 2001 as Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Secretary and has successively assumed increasing responsibilities in order to take on a more prominent leadership role in the Corporation, as Vice-President of Public Affairs and Publishing, and most recently as Director-General of Canada’s military history museum, the Canadian War Museum.




 Mark O’Neill



Youth Mentor Lead and Historical Interpreter
B.A. (Honours), Specialist Program in Arts and Culture- Art History, University of Toronto, 2012 M.A, Heritage Management, University of Birmingham, 2014. Pailagi Pandya is a Historical Interpreter and a Youth Mentor Lead at the Scarborough Museum. Pandya joined the Scarborough Museum in 2004 as a volunteer. She then graduated to become a youth mentor lead for Flashback, a youth mentorship program where youth document changes in local neighbourhoods through photography and oral history interviews. She has also been a South Asia intern at the Royal Ontario Museum and a curatorial intern at the Meharangrah Fort Museum, India. During her free time she likes watching Bollywood movies, reading books, taking pictures or eating mangos.



Pailagi Pandya



Principal, Reich + Petch Design International
Stephen Petri is an interdisciplinary designer and museum professional with extensive experience in the planning, development, design, implementation and operation of major museums and galleries. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and was the chief designer at the Royal Ontario Museum before joining the office of Reich + Petch in 1997. He has undertaken projects for some of the most important museums in the world and he is dedicated to developing innovative ways to engage visitors in the process of experiential learning. 



Stephen Petri



Vice-President, Exhibitions, Lord Cultural Resources
Maria specializes in interpretive planning, content development and project management for all sizes of cultural projects and different museum types such as archeology, history, culture, children's museum, health, science, literature and corporate museums. Maria has global exhibition experience in more than 10 countries including Egypt, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, UAE, the Philippines, Spain, India, Thailand, Canada and USA.



Maria Piacente



Director/Curator, Port Colborne Museum
Stephanie has been in the museum field for 14 years, beginning her career with the Niagara Parks Commission's three historic sites before landing at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum where she is currently the Director/Curator. Stephanie is passionate about improving the access to heritage and culture within the community and effective volunteer development. Stephanie has a BA from McMaster University in Art History with a minor in International Justice and Human Rights, as well as a Certificate in Museum Studies with the Ontario Museum Association.



Co-ordinator, Youth Programs, National Capital Commission
Kerrie fell in love with interpretation while working as a Parliamentary Guide in 1999, which led her to seek out work in the heritage and museums field.  She became Coordinator, Youth Programs at the National Capital Commission in 2008.  Along the way, she completed history degrees at Carleton University and the University of Waterloo, and worked for both the Library of Parliament and the House of Commons. 



Kerrie Rodier



Partner-in-charge, +VG Architects
Paul is an architect and partner with +VG Architects (The Ventin Group), a firm dedicated to preservation of built heritage since 1972. He has been involved with numerous heritage buildings and National Historic sites including Old Toronto (Don) Jail, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario building at Queen's Park, Dominion Public Building in Guelph, and Castle Kilbride Museum in Wilmot Township. Paul is a member of CAHP and a contributing associate with the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. 



Paul Sapounzi



Manager, Adult Programs, Royal Ontario Museum
As the ROM's new Manager of Adult Programs, Bep is responsible for the development and execution of innovative outreach and programming streams for adults. Bep began her career as a volunteer in the education and entomology departments at the ROM in 1996; 16 years later she continues to enthusiastically find new and nerdy ways to engage the public. In addition to her degree in Anthropology and Human Biology, she holds a degree in Education from the University of Toronto and has previously worked at York University, Beaty Biodiversity Museum at University of British Columbia, Toronto District School Board and Ontario EcoSchools. 




Bep Schippers



Manager of Children’s and Family Programs, Royal Ontario Museum 
Jovanna Scorsone has over 20 years of experience in museum programming and audience engagement at the ROM as well as experience in museums in Korea, Syria, Northern Ireland and the UK.  Responsible for developing registered and public children’s and family programming, she has had great success in searching out new audiences and increasing participation in existing programs. Jovanna is committed to the use of interactive pedagogical learning in Museums to create deeper, more meaningful, and accessible learning experiences. She has a Masters Degrees in both Museum Studies from University College London, and in Egyptology from the University of Toronto. Manager of Children’s and Family Programs, Royal Ontario Museum



 Jovanna Scorsone



Project coordinator /  intern architect, Reich + Petch Design International
Carolyn Smith is an intern architect and LEED AP at Reich + Petch.  Carolyn works on architecture and exhibition projects at the firm and has a wide-ranging understanding of accessibility issues gained from working on public projects and seniors facilities.  Carolyn was the designer and project coordinator for the LEED certified Welland Community Wellness Complex which exceeds current accessibility standards.



Carolyn Smith



Assistant Curator of Programs and Education, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Anna Stanisz is an Assistant Curator of Programs and Education at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She holds Masters degrees in Art History and Archeology from University Sorbonne in Paris. Prior to joining the McMichael, Anna worked in Poland as an assistant curator at the National Museum in Cracow. Working for the McMichael Education Department for the last ten years, Anna is currently holding the position of Assistant Curator in charge of the gallery programs and interpretation through development of events, lectures, multimedia projects and educational exhibits. In this capacity, Anna curated for the McMichael several exhibitions such as Child’s Play, War: A Family Affair and Home and Native Land at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Most recently, Anna has curated a large exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative printmaking project, entitled Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth and multimedia Seed Collective Installation for 2012 McMichael Tree Project.



Anna Stanisz



Professor J.L. Teather (D.Phil. Museum Studies, Leicester) has research interests which focus on a range from the history and philosophy of museums and on contemporary issues in museum development, such as computerization and social engagment. She has taught in the Museum Studies Masters for 30 years this Fall, teaching many of the main courses in the program and leading the curriculum development throughout. With over 250 grads in the field and having worked with colleagues across the globe, her network is well-known and available to support students as they take up internships, special projects and jobs. She has over thirty years of experience collaborating with local and national museums and has worked as a consultant to a number of museums and museum associations, both in Canada and abroad.

Professor Teather plays an active role in a number of professional museum associations such as the CMA, AAM, and ICOM, particularly in advising on curriculum for professional development and human resource management issues and thus is Secretary of the International Council of Training of Museum Personnel. She is also a Research Associate of the Royal Ontario Museum. She is engaged in special projects of cultural development both locally and abroad and has taught at the Baltic Museology School, the Slovenian Museology School, and made presentations to other schools or groups related to museums and cultural heritage such as the Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam, Leceister University, and ICTOP, Serbian museum group. She has advised the Nigerian National Museums and Monuments Commission and the Governor of Ogun State. She is the author of The Royal Ontario Museum: A Prehistory, 1840-1914 (2005).



Lynne Teather



Visitor Experience Coordinator, Oshawa Community Museum
Lisa Terech has been employed at the Oshawa Community Museum and Archives since October 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (Honours) and Canadian Studies (General) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Museum Management and Curatorship Certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College. She is part of the programming department at the museum, responsible for assisting with public programming, tours, and events, and she is also the Membership Co-ordinator for the Oshawa Historical Society. 



Lisa Terech



Co-ordinator, Youth Programs, National Capital Commission
Yumi came to her current position by way of a summer job as a Parliamentary Guide, a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and jobs in website editing, communications and media relations. She’s been happily employed at the National Capital Commission since 2007. She is passionate about museums, interpretation and public programming. In her non-work time, she takes photos, blogs, tweets (@yumikid) and is raising a very small museum lover.



Yumi Webster



Program Assistant, Center for Conservation, Ball's Falls Conservation Area
Andrea Wilson has spent her career bringing museum collections and their inherent stories and experiences to audiences through exhibits and programs since she embarked in this field in 1979. A graduate of the Algonquin College Museum Technology Program, she furthered her education at York University in Canadian Studies. Andrea believes museum experiences enrich everyone involved and she supports the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is an exciting time to be working in museums with growing opportunities for visitor engagement.



Andrea Wilson



2012 Tradeshow

2012 Conference



“In our opinion, the OMA’s Tradeshow is a must on our list!  It is very well organized and exhibitors always receive good exposure and time with delegates.  It is well worth the cost of registration.”  Pierre Giguère, Director Sales and Marketing - Zone Display Cases




Armstrong Fine Art Services
Bank of Canada
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Let's Talk Energy
Carr McLean
Critical Control
Cultural Asset Management Group    Gaylord
Easter Seals     Access 2 Entertainment.
Gallery Systems
Lord Cultural Resources
MBA      Hunter Expo
Marsh Canada
Minisis Inc.
Mystus Exhibits
Our Digital World
Rhoddy Design
Spacesaver Solutions Inc.
Tactile Vision
Total Transportation Solutions Inc.
Walk Thru Online
Zone Display Cases

2012 Conference Program




8:00am - 4:00pm   Study Tours
5:00 - 7:30pm   Opening Reception - Niagara Falls History Museum


7:30am - 6:00pm   Conference Registration
8:00am - 6:00pm   Tradeshow
8:00am - 7:00pm   Silent Auction
8:00 - 9:00am   Breakfast with the Exhibitors
9:00 - 10:00am  Opening Address and Keynote Speaker
 Diarmuid Nash, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
10:00 - 10:30am   Networking Break
10:30 - 11:45am


"Outside of the Box" Government Relations and Funding: Mastering Your Museum's Hybridity to Maximize Public Sector Support
Youth Invasion! The Epic Update of a National Youth Project
Destination: ACCESSIBLE Museum!
11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch and OMA 40th Anniversary Social with cake
Special Presentation at 12:15pm: Telling Our Stories: 40 years of the OMA
12:45 - 2:00pm


The 'Museum' Experience
Peace: The Exhibition - Pushing Boundaries and Broadening Visitor Expectations at the Canadian War Museum
Accessibility in Exhibition Design
2:00 - 2:15 Health Break
2:15 - 2:45pm


Update & Museum Standards Assessment Presentation: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS)
2:45 - 3:15pm   Networking Break - Supported by TOTAL TRANSPORTATION
3:15 - 4:30


Youth Engagement: What's in it for You/th?
The Modern Travel Guide and How to Get Listed
Museum Planning for Ontario Museums
5:00 - 9:00pm
Marriott Gateway on the Falls Hotel


7:30am - 5:00pm   Conference Registration
8:00am - 3:00pm   Tradeshow
8:15 - 9:30am
9:30 - 10:15am   Plenary Session - Mark O'Neill
10:15 - 10:45am   Networking Break
10:45am - 12:00pm
UNESCO and National Built Heritage Museums: Communicating the Past to the Future
The ROM: Engaging New Audiences for the Next 100 Years
Display Case Layout Workshop
12:00 - 1:00pm   Lunch
1:00- 1:45pm
Destination: Museum Professional - Poster Session, University of Toronto, Master of Museum Studies Program
1:45- 2:15pm   Networking Break - Supported by PACART
2:15 - 3:30pm
Magic Squares and the Magic of Collaboration
Risks of Expanding the Museum Demographic
Get on Route 1812
3:30 - 4:30pm
4:30- 4:45pm Closing Address and Announcement of 2013 Conference


Photo Credit: Katie Shoemaker for the Ontario Museum Association, 2012

*Conference program is subject to change.


2012 Study Tours


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The OMA Conference Program and Local Arrangements Committees are pleased to announce the addition of two exciting study tours to the 2012 Annual Conference Program!

Space for tours is limited to 30 participants. It is first come first served so register today!


Niagara West Museums and Wine Tour

Explore the scenic destinations located in the beautiful Niagara Region! Tour the Grimsby and Jordan Museums before settling in for lunch at the Cave Spring Restaurant. Enjoy a wine tasting at the Cave Spring Winery, followed by a tour of Ball’s Falls Conservation Area and a second wine tasting at Flat Rock Cellars. Take advantage of this beautiful region!

Download the Niagara West Museums and Wine Study Tour registration form here.

 "All Dashing High-Spirited YOUNG HEROES who wish to obtain GLORY in the SERVICE of their COUNTRY, have now the finest Opportunity by enlisting for the respectable Niagara North...


1812 in Historical Context Tour

Everyone must be well aware that this Tour possesses advantages superior to any other 1812 tour. Good quarters whilst on tour, including Queenston HeightsLaura Secord HomesteadRiverbrink, and the Niagara Historical Society Museum; lunch to be served at the McFarland House Conservatory Tea Room, but even these advantages are trifling when compared to the inestimable Lessons and Experiences.

Loose no time! Therefore, in enlisting for the King’s finest 1812 in Historical Context Tour, commanded by the Ontario Museum Association, who serves under the 2012 OMA Annual Conference."



Download the 1812 in Historical Context Study Tour registration form and Enlist today!

* text modeled from a Canadian War of 1812 Recruitment Poster from the Parks Canada Website. www.pc.gc.ca/culture/1812/artefact/semaine2-week2.aspx



2012 AGM Business


The Nominations Committee, composed of Chair, Gilles Séguin, OMA President (Parks Canada), and Kathleen Powell, OMA Past President (St. Catharines Museum) and the three members Brian Manser (Grey Roots Museum & Archives), Paul Robertson (Kingston Museums), and Libby Walker (Wellington County Museum and Archives) elected by the membership at the November 4, 2011 Annual General Meeting in Kitchener, is pleased to bring forward the following slate of Council nominations for consideration by the membership at the 2012 Annual General Meeting, October 19, 2012 in Niagara Falls.

The responsibility to select candidates best suited to lead the Association requires thoughtful planning and attention to skills / areas of expertise currently required by the Council, therefore the OMA adheres to the practice of not accepting nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.



Over the past 30 years, Gilles Séguin has worked in the heritage, information management, and information technology fields. Gilles is currently National Manager, Cultural Resource Conservation, Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate, Parks Canada Agency. He also volunteers on the board of Muséoparc Vanier Museopark.  Previously, he was the Program Manager, Heritage Development, at the City of Ottawa. His experience encompasses strategic planning, heritage community support and development, program development, delivery and evaluation, cultural resources preservation and presentation, and financial and human resources management.

"I look forward to continuing to bring my experience to further the work of the Association and its membership."


Gilles Seguin


Yves Théoret is Managing Director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. Over the last fifteen years, Yves has held positions in museums in Canada and the United States, including assignments with the National Gallery of Canada, the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. A participant to the Museum Leadership Institute (Los Angeles) and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program (Boston), his areas of interest include strategic planning, resource development, governance, and marketing, and communications. Yves Théoret is married and has three children.

“The Ontario Museum Association is the leading organization representing the interests of museum professionals and organizations at the provincial level. I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving on Council.”


Yves Theoret


John Dalrymple is currently the Associate Director, Annual Giving at Canada’s National Ballet School and was recently a Professor at Centennial College in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. From 2001 – 2010 John was on the management team of the Textile Museum of Canada, holding the positions of Project Manager, Web Designer, Development Manager, Director of Development and Acting Executive Director. During his tenure there John played a leadership role in the advancement of the Museum’s digitization and new media/Web programming, as well as growing and formalizing the institution’s fundraising activities. He earned a Specialized Honours B.A. in Anthropology from York University in 1998 and a Masters of Museum Studies degree from the University of Toronto in 2001. John has conducted anthropological and archaeological fieldwork in Belize, Peru and Canada and has published works on museology in a number of academic and arts based publications. John’s work has been recognized through awards from the Canadian Museums Association, American Association of Museums and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. 
“Currently working in the performing arts and education fields in a senior fundraising capacity has given me fresh insights into contributed revenue development that I am keen to share with the Association and its members in my capacity as a Councilor. As the Association’s Treasurer I am pleased to work with my colleagues on Council and the OMA staff to ensure membership dues, public monies and funds raised through OMA activities are effectively stewarded, deployed and maximized for the greatest benefit.”


John Dalrymple




Born in St. Catharines, Clark developed a great appreciation for Museums due to his many visits to cultural institutions with his grandfather and parents. Clark has a degree in History from Brock University and a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. His work at Leicester focused on cultural diversity in Museums. Clark has worked in various capacities at the St. Catharines Museum, Battlefield House Museum, Backus Heritage Village and the Niagara Historical Society Museum, currently he is the Manager of Museums for the City of Niagara Falls Museums. He has sat on the Steering Committee of the Children's Discovery Centre of Niagara, chaired Doors Open Niagara and the Museums of Niagara Association (MONA).

“I look forward to serving the Museums community of Ontario on the OMA council. As a director of a mid-sized museum I understand the diversity of needs our sector requires. I would like to provide my experience and expertise in community building, partnerships, advocacy and public relations to Council and our community.”


Clark Bernat


Kathleen Powell is the Supervisor Museum Operations / Curator at the St. Catharines Museum. She has most recently served as Council President and is the Chair of this year’s Conference Committee.

 "I believe that strong communities are built not only on economic wealth but also on the richness and diversity of their cultural sector. The Ontario Museum Association's support of Museums and historic sites is an important piece of the whole picture aimed at strengthening this sector. I am honoured to be able to lend my support and skills to the work of the OMA and the Museum sector at large."


Kathleen Powell


Cheryl is the Acting Manager ROM Web at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Since 2007, Cheryl has worked on the ROM's web team and plays a key role managing the redesign of the Museum's website. Her involvement with web development spans ten years primarily working with non-profit organizations including the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.  She holds a Master of Library Sciences from Western University, and has a special interest in information architecture, user-centered design and the mobile web.

"The Ontario Museum Association is a leader for museums across the province through its advocacy, professional development and community building.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the council and representing the interests of its members."


Cheryl Fraser


Petal has been managing the Heritage Interpretation department at Grey Roots Museum & Archives for the past eight years. Petal began her career as a student historic site interpreter at Fort Langley NHS in B.C.  She held several positions with Parks Canada in the regional office in Calgary including Heritage Interpretation Specialist, Service Planner, Aboriginal Liaison and helped to develop their Aboriginal Cultural Resource Policy. Petal relocated to Owen Sound in 1999 to provide leadership and growth to the Ontario Native Literacy Program and Ningwakwe Learning Press.  Petal is very interested in her community, is an active volunteer and is completing her fifth year as a member of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board.  Petal’s life partner Steve is Owen Sound’s Tourism and Economic Development Manager. They have four children, two still at home, and a grandson.  Life is busy!
“Having spent the past year observing how very committed the OMA council, council chair and staff are to the heritage field, it is even more apparent how important the OMA is to museums throughout Ontario, especially museums that are not in the GTA.  I hope to bring more to the table now that I have some experience.”   


 Petal Furness


Ian Kerr-Wilson is the Manager of Museums and Heritage Presentation for the City of Hamilton, having worked in Hamilton’s municipal museum system in various curatorial and management positions since 1989. He has been the Curator of Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, the Hamilton Children’s Museum, Dundurn National Historic Site (which included the Hamilton Military Museum) and the Program Coordinator for the Hamilton and Scourge National Historic Site, an in situ marine archaeological site. Ian holds a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, a M.A. (American History), a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and a B.A. from Trent University.

“I am conscious of the OMA as a leader in changing the way Ontarians think about museums and culture. Increasingly, we recognize that museums are not 'soft services'. Vibrant and relevant museums are vital to the sustainability of neighbourhoods, towns and cities. I look forward to serving the museum community, as the OMA works to make heritage matter to the people of Ontario.”


Ian Kerr-Wilson


Emanuele Lepri, originally from Florence, Italy has been the Director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto since 2004. Before coming to Canada he served as Director of the Textile Museum in the Tuscan city of Prato from 1997 to 2003. While in Italy, Emanuele also worked in a management capacity for international theatre and opera festivals, organizing post-graduate classes related to careers in the arts. His experience in the Museum field includes a number of projects under the UNESCO umbrella in countries such as South Korea, China, Israel and Angola, mainly in the area of Heritage Conservation. He has been a member of the European Museum Forum, participating in many exchanges and conferences throughout Europe. Emanuele has an MA in East Asian Studies and a Phd in International Relations from the University of Florence.

“Ontario’s social fabric is changing at a very fast pace. Museums need to adapt and keep being relevant to their communities. The OMA plays a key role as a resource for all Museums in Ontario by encouraging innovation, governing change, and finding ways to keep a fruitful dialogue with a public of all backgrounds and ages. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Ontario Museum Association Council and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing progress of our museums.” 


Emanuele Lepri


Cathy Masterson is the Manager of Cultural Affairs for the City of Windsor, where her role is to facilitate, strengthen and support the cultural organizations to succeed at what they do best.  She has worked in the municipal museum setting in various managerial and curatorial roles since 1988.  Cathy is a strong believer that a museum can be a focal point of a community, a gathering place that allows and encourages the community’s story to be told and shared with everyone who steps into the space.

“I strongly believe community facilities need to be supported by the community and to this end I work with volunteers and organizations to strengthen those community connections.  The story of our community is vital to the sustainability of our neighbourhoods and the connections our neighbourhoods have with the identity of our city.  I look forward to sharing my skills and experiences with the OMA and its members as we together work to build strong and sustainable museums in all areas of the province.”


Cathy Masterson


Cathy McGirr is the Business Manager at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and has a wealth of knowledge in the area of marketing and business administration.  She was employed with a German-based software company for 10 years where she travelled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and North America setting up business units and also had responsibility for marketing.  For three years, she was also in Calgary where she was an integral part of settling up the company’s business operation for Western Canada. Since moving to Southampton, Cathy has embraced her new surrounding by becoming involved with a number of community initiatives and volunteers her time at the local elementary school.  Her passion for culture has led her to the Museum and the pursuit of her Certification of Museum Studies through the OMA, which she will complete by the end of 2012. 

“I bring to the OMA Board my years of experience in the private and public sectors; my hunger for continued professional development and learning about Ontario’s rich heritage; and my passion for our museums, their role in society , and the enrichment of our patrons’ experience.  I’m an advocate of the rural Museum experience, and my young family represents a key Museum patron group.”


Cathy McGirr


Maria Piacente is a Vice-President with Lord Cultural Resources, an international museum planning and design firm headquartered in Toronto. For 16 years, Maria has developed an expertise in exhibition development and design while consulting for small and large museums, historic sites, science centers, art galleries, and other cultural organizations. Grounded in current museological theory, Maria's global experience enables her to incorporate both conceptual and curatorial aspects with leading-edge technological applications, ensuring an exciting and enriching visitor experience within operational realities. Maria holds a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and prior to joining Lord Cultural Resources in 1996, she worked at the Royal Ontario Museum and Gallery Association of New York State.
“All of a museum's activities, whether research and conservation or education and outreach, serve to enrich their communities. As such, the OMA is an essential resource for building excellence in our cultural organizations so that we can do a better job of engaging with the public. I look forward to sharing my experience and working with the other members of the OMA."


Maria Piacente



2012 Venues: Conference and Opening Reception

2012 Conference

OMA Annual Conference | Awards Banquet  (see the Program for details)

October 18-19, 2012
All Concurrent and Plenary Sessions, meals and the Awards Banquet will take place at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls:
6755 Fallsview Boulevard | Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7


Opening Reception - Niagara Falls History Museum

October 17, 2012 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Kick off the 40th Anniversary Conference in style at the new Niagara Falls History Museum for the Opening Reception. Enjoy light refreshments and take part in a guided tour of the newly reopened facility. Tours of the facility will be given every 30 minutes.

Shuttle service will be provided from the hotel to the museum onlyDelegates must make their own way back to the hotel after the Opening Reception.

Getting to the Niagara Falls History Museum from the Marriott Gateway:

By Car: Approximately 2 minutes (parking lot is behind the facility)

1. Head north on Fallsview Blvd toward Dunn St
0.2 km
2. Turn left onto Main St
0.2 km
3. Take the 2nd right onto Stanley Ave
38 m
4. Take the 1st left onto Main St
1.0 km
5. Turn right onto Peer St
94 m
6. Take the 1st left onto Sylvia Pl
Destination will be on the left
0.2 km


On foot: Approximately 15 minutes

1. Head north on Fallsview Blvd toward Dunn St 0.3 km
2. Turn left onto Main St 
0.2 km
3. Turn right onto Stanley Ave 47 m
4. Turn left onto Main St 0.25 km
5. Slight right onto Allendale Ave 0.7 km
4. Turn left onto Ferry St
Destination will be on the left
0.4 km




Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada L2G 1S9 





Transportation Partner:
Dannel Transportation





2012 Conference

Download the Support & Promotion form here.

We invite all members: Insitutional, Corporate, Consultant and Individual to support the OMA Annual Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Partner for a Break or Donate an Item to the Silent Auction!

The week of events is the ideal occasion to show your support for Ontario's Museum sector and includes:
  • Conference Registrations

  • Colloquium in Learning in Museums X Registrations

  • Study Tour Registrations

  • Exclusive Visibility at a Supported Event

  • Sector-Wide Visibility

  • Logo on Delegate Bags

  • Logo and Weblink on OMA Website

  • Logo on Conference related electronic and print promotional materials

  • Recognition at the OMA’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations

  • and covers your Tradeshow Space!

The Annual Conference is promoted to over 8000 museum professionalsstudents and related stakeholders, and attracts between 200 and 300 delegates from across the sector! 

Do not miss this opportunity to show your support for Ontario’s museum community and participate in the OMA Celebration of its 40th Anniversary!!

Opportunities are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Download the Support & Promotion form today or contact the OMA at [email protected], or at 416-348-8672, toll-free in Ontario at 1-866-OMA-8672.


Thank you to the following 2012 Conference partners for their support of Ontario's museum community:
Canadian Museum of Civilization

Canadian War Museum


Total Transportation Solutions Inc.


Mystus Exhibits
Delegate Lanyard Provider:
Carr McLean

Delegates' Lounge Partners:

Cultural Asset Management Group

Study Tour Transportation Partner
Dannel Transportation

Banquet After-Party Partner
The Vinyl Den

Conference Mailing Partner:
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre



2012 Call for Proposals


Conference Co-Chairs Kathleen Powell and Clark Bernat and the Museums of Niagara Association (MONA) invite you to the Niagara Region for the 40th OMA Annual Conference, Destination : Museum!, taking place October 17-19, 2012.

As the OMA celebrates its 40th anniversary in the Niagara Region, a focal point of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations, and many museums prepare for their 50th and Canada's 150th anniversaries, we invite proposals that explore the following questions:

  • What is the museum’s role as a cultural tourism destination? How do museums tap into that market?
  • The “destination museum”, how do you get onto someone’s bucket list?
  • How does a major capital project become a destination museum? And how do museums sustain the excitement that a new build creates?
  • What lessons can museums take from and share with the wider culture and tourism industry?
  • As Canada turns 150 in 2017, many Ontario museums will turn fifty; how have museums changed in fifty years? What will we celebrate and how?
  • How can and should museums celebrate milestone anniversaries?
  • How do museums commemorate difficult or controversial events? (e.g. war, protest, revolution)

Want to submit a proposal? With March Break around the corner, many have requested an extension to submit Session Proposals. Here’s your chance to tell everyone about your new exhibit, innovative program or your upcoming commemoration plans! Submit your proposals for panels, workshops, presentations or interviews and help make the OMA's 40th Annual Conference the best yet!

Have an idea but can't fill a full session time slot? Consider an Ignite topic!Ignite
Ignite is an exciting presentation format that allows anyone to speak about their professional passion. Now's your chance to share your ideas, projects, successes and lessons learned!

Download the flyer for more details and to propose your Ignite topic!

Deadline for both Session Proposals and Ignite Topics is April 10, 2012.